DB Darin Smalls of Summerville said tonight he could commit to USC by this weekend. “I could commit anytime,” Smalls said. “There’s some possibility (of a commitment) but I’m not 100% just yet.” But he added that he has made his decision. “It’s all about how I feel,” he said when asked if he might commitment while in Columbia Saturday for a seven on seven tournament. He plans to call his USC recruiter Everette Sands tonight. Smalls has not visited anywhere this summer. “I’ve just been working out.” He acknowledged that USC is his favorite. He also has offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida, State, NC State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisville and Oklahoma.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta will not be among the prospects in attendance this weekend for USC’s first camp of the summer, but he hopes to attend the Gamecocks’ Showcase Camp in July according to Viking assistant coach Chris German who is serving as Stanley’s adviser during the recruiting process. Stanley just started with a personal trainer and has a workout scheduled the day of the camp. Latta RB RJ McClam, who has an offer from Charleston Southern and is getting interest from Coastal Carolina and Campbell, will attend the camp. Stanley visited Clemson’s camp earlier this month but did not work out. Stanley will go to a half-day camp at Alabama July 14th and will go from there to Ole Miss. He will then go to LSU July 17th. “After he visits all the schools, he’s going to narrow it down to four and focus on those four,” German said. “He’s trying to aim before the season (for a decision) but he said he doesn’t want to rush.” German said Stanley is not claiming a favorite. Stanley talked to USC recruiter Shawn Elliott last week and has also been in touch with Clemson. Stanley has also been seriously considering Ohio State, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina.
While many of the top players in the country like him are rushing to make a summer time decision, Saluda DL Dexter Wideman will not make his until after this football season his coach said Wednesday. “He’s not going thru a lot this summer as far as visiting because he’s taking a summer school class,” coach Doug Painter said. “He’s working out and doing all the stuff he’s supposed to do.” That included attending the Shrine Bowl combine at Irmo last Saturday. Painter said he and Wideman talked Tuesday about his plans. “He has felt a lot of pressure,” the coach said. “He said ‘I would like to not worry about this until after our season is over.’ That’s kind of where he’s at. I told him if he performs like he’s supposed to, the offers will still be there. He’s trying to step back from that a little bit because he’s kind of gotten overwhelmed.” Painter said Clemson and USC remain in touch with Wideman and apparently are willing to wait on him. “They haven’t said they’ve got to have a commitment,” Painter said. “Nobody has told him that.” Wideman also has offers from Florida State, Florida, Michigan and Alabama. “He likes Florida State,” Painter said. “He mentioned them the other day when we talked, but I think it’s very, very wide open.”